TV Column: Daytime Emmy nominations


Kevin Clash left “Sesame Street” in November. He had been the puppeteer behind Elmo since the early 1980s. (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)
May 1, 2013

Puppeteer Kevin Clash has received his final nomination for his work as Elmo on “Sesame Street.”

Clash — who stepped down from “Sesame Street” last year amid allegations of having had sexual relations with underage partners — received a Daytime Emmy nomination for best performer in a children’s series.

Fellow nominees in that derby include two other “Sesame Street” puppeteers — David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino — as well as Jeff Corwin, who hosts the syndicated “Ocean Mysteries.”

The three puppeteers account for three of “Sesame Street’s” 17 nominations and three of PBS’s 44 Emmy noms. PBS is second only to CBS (50) and ahead of ABC (38), Nickelodeon (36) and NBC (25).

Jim Bell and Ann Curry are among those listed in NBC’s “Today” show nomination for best morning program; “Today” will compete against its ABC counterpart, “Good Morning America,” which has been thumping “Today” in the ratings — leading to Bell’s departure as exec producer and Curry’s exit as co-anchor/morning TV sweetheart.

The infotainment program “CBS This Morning” is not nominated in this category. On the other hand, it was not submitted for Daytime Emmy consideration. “CBS Sunday Morning” was, and is the third nominee in that race.

CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” ABC’s “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” all were nominated for best soap. “Y&R” is this year’s most nominated show (23), followed by “General Hospital” (19).

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is the sentimental fave in the race for best game-show host (Sony is reported to be mulling who will replace the longtimer), competing against “Let’s Make a Deal’s” Wayne Brady, “Family Feud’s” Steve Harvey, “Cash Cab’s” Ben Bailey and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner.

And Katie Couric’s new syndicated talker is up for best talk show/informative; she’ll compete against “The Doctors” and “Dr. Oz.”

In the non-informative talk show race, “The View,” “The Talk,” “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will duke it out.

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be presented June 16 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and carried live on HLN.

Knox edged by ‘Grimm’

If ABC was expecting boffo ratings for Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Amanda Knox, that bonanza did not happen.

“Murder. Mystery. Amanda Knox Speaks — A Diane Sawyer Exclusive” attracted an average of 8.5 million viewers at 10 p.m. Tuesday — about 800,000 viewers ahead of CBS’s original “Golden Boy” episode in the same hour.

It was the first TV interview for the Seattle college student convicted of murdering roommate Meredith Kercher in Umbria, Italy, in 2009. Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence before the conviction was overturned, though her acquittal has since been overturned by the Italian high court.

Among 18- to 49-year-olds (who are the bread-and-butter of prime-time TV ad sales) and 25- to 54-year-olds (who are the currency of news programming ad sales), the interview got edged by “Grimm” — in that NBC show’s first outing in the time slot after the singing-competition series “The Voice.”

That said, chicks in both age brackets feasted on the juicy Sawyer special about Knox’s sometimes bizarre behavior after her roommate’s grisly death. But guys in both demo groups heavily favored NBC’s fairy tale crime drama — go figure — drowning out the chicks.

The Knox interview was one of Sawyer’s lower-rated “gets.”

In November of 2011, 12.4 million tuned in when Sawyer interviewed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — 11 months after Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt.

And in March of ’12, more than 15 million viewers watched Sawyer interview Jaycee Dugard about her kidnap from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop and 18-year captivity.

ABC News announced Wednesday that Sawyer will next conduct the first TV interview with Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban last October because she believed that girls should have the right to go to school. Sawyer’s exclusive interview won’t air until October, so as to coincide with the publication of Yousafzai’s book “I Am Malala” — in much the same way Sawyer’s interview with Knox was timed to coincide with the drop date on the book “Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox.”

‘Bourdain’ renewed

Three episodes into its first-season run, “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” has been renewed for a second season on CNN.

Since the Sunday series debuted April 14, it has averaged 389,000 viewers between ages 25 and 54 — up 440 percent compared to CNN’s programming in that slot one year ago (72,000 viewers). In the age bracket, the show has ranked No. 1 among cable news networks on Sunday in each of its first three weeks on the air. Among viewers of all ages, Bourdain’s show is up 122 percent (872,000 vs. 392,000) at 9 p.m., compared to CNN’s programming in the slot a year ago.

“In addition to its runaway ratings success, it is also quite the conversation starter, as anyone who follows social media can attest,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in Wednesday’s announcement.

In its second season, the network said, “Parts Unknown” will explore the food and culture of Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India.

The show’s second season — like its first — will also run on CNN International, which has a reach of more than 271 million households.

The second season is scheduled to debut Sept. 15.

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